He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul

Ps 23:2,3

This year has been named 180 at Victory Fellowship. That is the name of our new men’s restoration center as well as a constant reminder of God’s plan of restoration and repentance. In David’s Shepherd’s Psalm he speaks about restoring our soul. Look at the definition of restore from the Mounce word book.

“Restore – to be returned, be brought back; from the base meaning of turning back comes the figurative extension of restoration of relationship, as when one returns in repentance to God”

So David is saying that this relationship of intimacy with God is deeply connected to repentance. Repentance connects us to our loving Good Shepherd.

Recently I was in a service like no other I had ever been in. I spoke very briefly (about 10 minutes) on the passage in Acts where the Bible says that “God granted repentance to the gentiles”. As I sat down men began to line up at the microphone in the front of the auditorium. They were confessing their sins publicly. What a holy and liberating moment. God came down in that place and lives were dramatically changed. He was making us whole and holy in His presence. Wholeness and holiness are closely connected. That why this verse is so powerful, God’s restoration is repentance that leads to wholeness and holiness. Here are some thoughts from Richard Baker on today’s verse.

“He restoreth my soul.” He restores it to its original purity, that was now grown foul and black with sin; for also, what good were it to have “green” pastures and a black soul! He “restores” it to its natural temper in affections, that was grown distempered with violence of passions; for alas! what good were it to have “still” waters and turbulent spirits! He “restores” it indeed to life, that was grown before in a manner quite dead; and who could “restore my soul” to life, but he only that is the Good Shepherd and gave his life for his sheep?”

This brings us back to that verse in Acts 11:18 “When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

This is the whole point of the Shepherd’s Psalm, the Good Shepherd came to give us life and that more abundantly.

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